Sunday, September 8, 2013

Palmer Debuts for Arizona

Rewind back to the Kurt Warner days and this was a time when the Arizona Cardinals fans felt extremely confident about the product that was placed in between the sidelines. Following Warner's departure, the quarterback position became a never ending clown car. You could have thrown a grenade into a crowd and probably hit someone that has played as a quarterback for the Cardinals. Here is the list of players that have taken snaps for the Cardinals since the beginning of the 2010 season:

Derek Anderson - John Skelton - Max Hall - Rich Bartel - Kevin Kolb - Ryan Lindley - Bryan Hoyer

Certainly not an elite list of passers by any means, but you'd think one of the would have stuck by default.

Palmer is now "The Guy" in Arizona (Arizona Cardinals - Associated Press)
Enter Carson Palmer. Are the Cardinals looking for Warner V2? Need we mention the last USC Quarterback that the team employed? Given the dismal performances that we have seen over the past three seasons, it can get much worse, so why not.

Today's game in St. Louis ended up as a 27-24 loss for the Red Sea, but in a way to find a "moral" victory, we saw Palmer go 26/40 with 327 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. When was the last time an Arizona QB threw for more than 300 yards? Well, it was actually last season when Ryan Lindley threw for 312 against STL, but also threw 4 interceptions in that game as well.

Although today's performance seemed much different. Palmer seemed to have confidence. Something that the fans aren't used to see from their QB. Sure a couple miscues and a few missed routes would lead to their demise, but there was a sense of relief amongst the fan base. They finally have a quarterback.

The Good:

1.) Andre Roberts - Was all over the place today and showed why he will make this receiving corp a deadly threat.

2.) Dan Williams - A tipped pass and a stroke of "right place, right time" lead to his first career interception and first career touchdown.

3.) Tyrann Mathieu - Honey Badger made his presence felt in the defense, including an epic forced fumble.

The Bad:

1.) Levi Brown - I'm surprised Brown wasn't dizzy after being turned around by Robert Quinn numerous times.

2.) Cortland Finnegan -  Wouldn't be surprised to see him get a fine for a couple unnecessary roughness penalties.

2 comments:

  1. I think Palmer will be great for the progression of Floyd and will keep Fitzgerald happy. It's always baby steps with a new QB (and head coach) whether he's a vet or rook but today looked like a step in the right direction for the Cardinals.

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    1. Agreed,I think having a guy like him is a good thing for AZ. Gives them a chance to win every time they take the field not much more you can ask for than that.

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